When a child can answer 7 + 8 quickly and correctly we know they’re developing strategies for number fact retrieval. And when you’ve spent the last two weeks teaching them the mental math strategy – doubles plus one, this quick response is what you want to hear. But is it fluency? What is fact fluency? Fact fluency is more than… Read More
I love it when I know kids are using addition strategies to answer their number facts. You know how it is, at the beginning of the year they’re using a ruler, their fingers or blocks to add 4 + 5 and now you ask them and they answer …within three seconds … no fingers! They can mentally process 4 +… Read More
Space, the sea, pets, insects … what theme do you love to cover year after year? What gets your creative juices flowing thinking about all the activities you can do? For me, it’s a food theme. No, it’s not just the cooking component I love. And who wouldn’t like making pizzas, muffins (the healthy kind) or fruit salad with their… Read More
Do you spend a lot of time teaching the addition strategies but a lot less time on subtraction? No matter what country you teach in, you will find a mathematics standard that says something like, ‘Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental math strategies’. This means we need kids to have automatic recall of both their addition and subtraction… Read More
Have you ever noticed how your low readers want to be doing the same word work activities as your high readers? Of course, with everyone on different word lists and at different reading levels this just isn’t possible, but with similar activities… well maybe! This pack of word work activities is totally editable. You can type in your words for… Read More
Double digit addition with regrouping is another tricky concept for children to learn and understand.